Tokyo Raises COVID-19 Maximum Alert as Daily Case Hit Record of 534

Japan’s capital has raised its alert level on maximum as it reported a record of 534 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

Officials in Japan’s capital have raised its alert level to maximum as it reported a record 534 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

However, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government does not enforce additional restrictions. The alert was last declared on September 10 when infections were starting to spread.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has also urged the country to be on maximum vigilance as the nationwide daily case count surpassed 2,000, on Thursday.

Suga has instructed Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, leading the government’s Covid-19 response and health minister Norihisa Tamura, to “thoroughly conduct intensive testing at elderly care facilities in areas showing the spread of infections and implement more effective measures based on the discussions at the Expert Meetings to be held today and tomorrow.”

Suga urged the public, “to thoroughly exercise basic preventive measures such as wearing masks and avoiding the 3Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, close-contact settings),” in a press briefing on Thursday.  


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